following stories and eye witness accounts by foreigners, missionaries
and survivors of the first genocide of the 20th century, were recorded
during and after the Armenian genocide. To read the complete stories, please
click on the underlined words.
following two stories are a testament to the determination of the Armenian
people to survive the atrocities and massacres carried out by the Ottoman
Turks against an unarmed Christian nation. A nation whose faith in God
All Mighty has given them the strength to fight and repel the savage, blood-thirsty
forces of the Turkish government and save the last remaining piace of Armenia.
a third generation American missionary in the Ottoman Empire, wrote "Days
of Tragedy in Armenia" after his departure from Harpoot
(Kharpert) in 1917. This account, which was never fully edited, was submitted
in 1918 to an American government commission investigating various aspects
of World War I, including the destruction of Armenian communities in the
Ottoman Empire. These reports supplemented the United States State Department's
own diplomatic and consular records, written by American officials, on
the Armenian Genocide. - Rev. Riggs avoided mentioning a number of people
by name in his narrative. This was presumably to maintain some sense of
anonymity for the victims of Genocide, and to safeguard the well-being
of certain individuals who still remained in the Ottoman Empire in 1917.
was born in Konia, Turkey, in 1905, where she and her family were uprooted
from their home and deported by the Turkish government in 1915. They were
forced to march with other Armenian families to the outskirts of Tarsus.
After months of starvation, beatings, and killings, Dirouhi's caravan arrived
at a large concentration camp called Gatmanear Aleppo. From here she was
forced into a train of cattle cars and sent to the killing center of Deir-el-Zor
in the Syrian Desert. Dirouhi escaped death and today lives in Massachusetts.
She has written an account of her experiences during the genocide entitled
Girl" (Watertown, Mass.: Baiker Publications, 1985).
a survivor of the Sassun massacre (1894) tells
about his personal experience and about the heartless crimes
carried out by the Turkish soldiers and the Kurds against the Armenian
villagers. Along with Asdadur Giragosian was a lad of seventeen years,
named Serope Asdadurian, from the village
of Mushakhshen, not far from Mush city. His statement shows the state of
the region before the date of the massacre.
Mr. G.W.E. Russell on the Cretan Crisis -
The following excerpt taken from an article published in the “Dunstable Borough Gazette” on March the 10th 1897
describes how the British government of the day had good knowledge of the atrocities taking place in Turkey,
at the hands of the Sultan, against its Christian subjects [Armenians]. However, because of political reasons withheld the
information from the English public and left those defenceless Christians to be mercilessly massacred by the
odious Turkish tyranny.
(1878-1915), one of the well known Armenian poets who was arrested on April
24, 1915 along with his fellow countrymen and later executed. This is one
of his poems called "The Dance"
based on a narration of an eye witness German woman, who describes the
savage cruelties of the Turkish soldiers against the helpless Armenian
Marash. This is a letter written
by a missionary, who was present in Marash when the massacres
were taking place. It was written from the Girl's Collage, on the mountain
just outside of the city.
Urfa. This is another letter
written by an American missionary lady who was an eye witness
to the massacres in Urfa. In spite of the danger, she chose to stay and
help the injured and the needy.
Syria. This is a letter published in the 'Tabor Beacon' newspaper
in Fremont County, Iowa on January 27, 1910 writen
by Miss Effie Chambers an American missionary helping the Armenians
Turks - A
youth tells of Armenian atrocities. Many Armenian Students at Marsovan
Drowned - With Heavy Stones Tied About Their Necks They are Thrown into
The River. This was the title of one of the articles published
in the Tabor Beacon Newspaper on January 4, 1895 in Tabor, Fremont County
Minute. This story is written
by Sempad Shahnazarian a survivor of the Armenian genocide.
Mr. Shahnazarian was born in Turkey and attended the Armenian College in
Constantinople where he received his AB degree shortly before the war began.
He was drafted into the Turkish Army and served as an artillery officer
until the Turk’s treatment of the Armenian people drove him to desert.
He was arrested... escaped again... and joined the French Legion d’Orient
fighting the Turks until the end of the war. After the war Mr. Shahnazarian
immigrated to America and lived till the age of 96, he passed away on September
22, 1985, in Brownsville, Texas. - This story is an accurate representation
of the atrocities carried out by the Turks against the defenseless Armenians.
Mr. Shahnazarian writes from his first hand experiences during his service
with the French Legion d’Orient, his pen is fluent and poetic, describing
every small detail in a graphical manner with an elegant and graceful style.
Sempad Shahnazarian. This story
(book) is a realistic presentation of some segments of the author's life
during World War I, when Turkey had embarked on a diabolical policy of
solving the Armenian National Cause by trying to exterminate the Armenian
nation by general deportation and massacre.